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The Speculative Neuroscience of the Future Human Brain
Freelance Neuroscientist, 15 Parry Street, Cooks Hill, NSW, 2300, Australia
Received: 3 March 2013; in revised form: 23 April 2013 / Accepted: 27 April 2013 / Published: 21 May 2013
Abstract: The hallmark of our species is our ability to hybridize symbolic thinking with behavioral output. We began with the symmetrical hand axe around 1.7 mya and have progressed, slowly at first, then with greater rapidity, to producing increasingly more complex hybridized products. We now live in the age where our drive to hybridize has pushed us to the brink of a neuroscientific revolution, where for the first time we are in a position to willfully alter the brain and hence, our behavior and evolution. Nootropics, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), deep brain stimulation (DBS) and invasive brain mind interface (BMI) technology are allowing humans to treat previously inaccessible diseases as well as open up potential vistas for cognitive enhancement. In the future, the possibility exists for humans to hybridize with BMIs and mobile architectures. The notion of self is becoming increasingly extended. All of this to say: are we in control of our brains, or are they in control of us?
Keywords: hybridization; BMI; tDCS; TMS; DBS; optogenetics; nootropic; radiotelepathy
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Dielenberg, R.A. The Speculative Neuroscience of the Future Human Brain. Humanities 2013, 2, 209-252.
Dielenberg RA. The Speculative Neuroscience of the Future Human Brain. Humanities. 2013; 2(2):209-252.
Dielenberg, Robert A. 2013. "The Speculative Neuroscience of the Future Human Brain." Humanities 2, no. 2: 209-252.